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Carl Baker
University of Leeds (PhD)
  1. Indexical Contextualism and the Challenges From Disagreement.Carl Baker - 2012 - Philosophical Studies 157 (1):107-123.
    In this paper I argue against one variety of contextualism about aesthetic predicates such as “beautiful.” Contextualist analyses of these and other predicates have been subject to several challenges surrounding disagreement. Focusing on one kind of contextualism— individualized indexical contextualism —I unpack these various challenges and consider the responses available to the contextualist. The three responses I consider are as follows: giving an alternative analysis of the concept of disagreement ; claiming that speakers suffer from semantic blindness; and claiming that (...)
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  2. The Role of Disagreement in Semantic Theory.Carl Baker - 2013 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy (1):1-18.
    Arguments from disagreement often take centre stage in debates between competing semantic theories. This paper explores the theoretical basis for arguments from disagreement and, in so doing, proposes methodological principles which allow us to distinguish between legitimate arguments from disagreement and dialectically ineffective arguments from disagreement. In the light of these principles, I evaluate Cappelen and Hawthorne's [2009] argument from disagreement against relativism, and show that it fails to undermine relativism since it is dialectically ineffective. Nevertheless, I argue that an (...)
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  3. An Absolutist Theory of Faultless Disagreement in Aesthetics.Carl Baker & Jon Robson - 2017 - Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 98 (3).
    Some philosophers writing on the possibility of faultless disagreement have argued that the only way to account for the intuition that there could be disagreements which are faultless in every sense is to accept a relativistic semantics. In this article we demonstrate that this view is mistaken by constructing an absolutist semantics for a particular domain – aesthetic discourse – which allows for the possibility of genuinely faultless disagreements. We argue that this position is an improvement over previous absolutist responses (...)
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  4. The Limits of Faultless Disagreement.Carl Baker - manuscript
    Some have argued that the possibility of faultless disagreement gives relativist semantic theories an important explanatory advantage over their absolutist and contextualist rivals. Here I combat this argument, focusing on the specific case of aesthetic discourse. My argument has two stages. First, I argue that while relativists may be able to account for the possibility of faultless aesthetic disagreement, they nevertheless face difficulty in accounting for the intuitive limits of faultless disagreement. Second, I develop a new non-relativist theory which can (...)
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    An Absolutist Theory of Faultless Disagreement.Carl Baker - forthcoming - Pacific Philosophical Quarterly.
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    Expressivism and Moral Dilemmas: A Response to Marino.Carl Baker - 2011 - Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 14 (4):445-455.
    Simon Blackburn’s expressivist logic of attitudes aims to explain how we can use non-assertoric moral judgements in logically valid arguments. Patricia Marino has recently argued that Blackburn’s logic faces a dilemma: either it cannot account for the place of moral dilemmas in moral reasoning or, if it can, it makes an illicit distinction between two different kinds of moral dilemma. Her target is the logic’s definition of validity as satisfiability, according to which validity requires an avoidance of attitudinal inconsistency. Against (...)
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    English Institute Essays 1946. Part I, The Critical Significance of Biographical Evidence: "John Milton"English Institute Essays 1946. Part I, The Critical Significance of Biographical Evidence: "Jonathan Swift"English Institute Essays 1946. Part I, The Critical Significance of Biographical Evidence: "Shelley's Ferrarese Maniac"English Institute Essays 1946. Part I, The Critical Significance of Biographical Evidence: "William Butler Yeats"English Institute Essays 1946. Part II, The Methods of Literary Studies: "Six Types of Literary History"English Institute Essays 1946. Part II, The Methods of Literary Studies: "Literary Criticism"English Institute Essays 1946. Part II, The Methods of Literary Studies: "Mr. Dangle's Defense: Acting and Stage History"English Institute Essays 1946. Part II, The Methods of Literary Studies: "The Textual Approach to Meaning". [REVIEW]W. K. Wimsatt, Douglas Bush, Louis A. Landa, Carlos Baker, Marion Witt, Rene Wellek, Cleanth Brooks, Alan S. Downer & E. L. McAdam - 1949 - Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 7 (3):264.
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    Shelley's Major Poetry: The Fabric of a Vision.Carlos Baker & Joseph Barrell - 1949 - Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 8 (2):137-138.
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    Shelley's Major Poetry: The Fabric of a VisionShelley and the Thought of His Time: A Study in the History of Ideas.Donald Weeks, Carlos Baker & Joseph Barrell - 1949 - Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 8 (2):137.
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    English Institute Essays 1946. Part I, The Critical Significance of Biographical Evidence: "John Milton".Douglas Bush, Louis A. Landa, Carlos Baker, Marion Witt & Cleanth Brooks - 1949 - Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 7 (3):264-266.
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